Nigerian artist Seun Kuti has announced the cancellation of his Jazz show in Casablanca following the events that unfolded in Melilla last week.
In a video shared on his Instagram account, the artist explained that he wanted to “mourn” the 23 migrants who died trying to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Morocco.
“It pains me to tell you that my heart has been completely broken and devastated by the events (…) that have occurred in Morocco”Kuti continued. “It is impossible for me, in good faith, or in good conscience, to go on stage, to party and have fun, where so many Africans have lost their lives. »
Seun Kuti is the youngest son of Fela Kuti, considered among the pioneers of Afrobeat music, which mixes elements of West African and American music.
The Jazzablanca organizing committee confirmed the cancellation of Seun Kuti’s concert to AFP. “It is a personal decision of the artist »they commented.
The legendary Gilberto Gil, Mulatu Astatke, the father of ethio-jazz or Asaf Avidan, figure of Israeli folk rock, are on the program for the 15th edition of this festival.